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Chief Master Sgt. Harley Delp, 111th Communications Flight, speaks with Brig. Gen. Michael Taheri, Air National Guard Readiness Center commander, Joint Base Andrews, Md., while Capt. Timothy McManus, of the 111th Comptroller Flight, looks on during Taheri’s visit to Horsham Air Guard Station, Pa. March 12, 2016. Delp advocates for all Air National Guardsmen to continue to grow as professionals in their military careers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond) Professionalism: It's a state of mind
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a world that is blatantly unprofessional: Businessmen and women dress like vagrants, hurling vulgarities at one another. Tradesmen show up hours late to do work at your home, then watch your television while munching on snacks from your refrigerator. Clergy members tell you to, "Go tell someone who cares."
0 10/19
2016
Guard fit, Guard ready! Guard fit, Guard ready!
The time of year when people resolve to lose weight, get into shape and eat healthier is swiftly approaching. This can take time, dedication and determination. Time can be hard to come by, while dedication and determination need to be found deep within.There are many different benefits to maintaining fitness standards throughout the years and
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2016
Student and staff from Airman leadership school class 16-8 gather on stage to celebrate the completion of the first blended learning course, here, Aug. 26, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. Blended learning is a facilitated online version of ALS combining distance learning and the in-residence professional miltiary education to better serve the needs of reserve force Airman and the Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jerry D. Harlan/Released) We can't go wrong developing Airmen through their feedback
How can we go wrong if we develop a course for Airmen, by Airmen, with Airmen's feedback guiding the way? I do not believe that we can.The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center graduated our first Airman Leadership School Blended Learning Course - class 16‐8.Never before has an Airman completed
0 9/15
2016
Maj. Jeffrey M. Bishop, chief, 131st Bomb Wing Public Affairs, poses for a “family portrait” along with more than 100 other Citizen-Airmen in his Guard Family, all members of the 131st Bomb Wing, during AT Week field training at Camp Clark near Nevada, Missouri, May 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess) The Measure of 'Guard Family'
"Whatever happened to our Guard Family?"It's certainly a not-uncommon question to hear in our wings or our armories. If you've been in the Guard for more than a minute, you've likely heard someone bemoan the loss of a sense of "Guard Family" that once was uber-essential to the unit.But in order to measure it - to try to see if there has in fact
0 9/06
2016
Airmen eat during their assignment to leadership school in 1970 at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn. Twenty-two Women in the Air Force, or WAFs, were in the class. (U.S. Air National Guard photo)
How one group of Air Force women on campus progressed leadership equality
The next class of graduates in the U.S. Air Force Airman Leadership School take their diplomas tonight here, August 26, in a banquet on the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.There are women in the ranks but few will pay a mixed-gender class much attention, even on Women's Equality DayThat's partly because enlisted women in leadership studies
0 8/26
2016
U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D Haney, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commander, speaks with 2nd Lt. Shannon Miller, an intelligence officer with the 157th Air Operations Group, Missouri Air National Guard at the “Next Generation Breakfast” during the seventh annual USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium, La Vista, Neb., July 28, 2016. The breakfast served as an opportunity for senior leaders to mentor junior personnel within the nuclear enterprise. (DoD photo by Steve Cunningham/Released) How Whiteman Airmen fit into the global nuclear deterrence mission
For the last several years, I have come to Whiteman Air Force Base for two days every month and two weeks every summer. However, I've never felt that I am making a difference in the world.I joined the military to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to enlist Sept. 11, 2001. I spoke with an Army recruiter that very day. I wanted to go get the
0 8/26
2016
Default Air Force Logo It is Time to Vote
It is coming down to the final days for the presidential election. It is that time again when you get the opportunity to decide who is going to be the next President of the United States for the next four years. It is one of the privileges that you have as a U.S. citizen and one that many take for granted. For many of you, it is your first major
0 8/22
2016
The flightline at the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham, Ala. sits empty as most of the KC-135R Stratotankers are supporting global operations.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. James G. Putman/Released) The 117th Maintenance Group: On the Move with a Global Impact
Notice something missing from the flightline at the 117th Air Refueling Wing?  Were those tumbleweeds blowing across?  The southwest ramp without KC-135R tankers is a rare sight in Birmingham.With the current deployment to CENTCOM underway, many from the 117th Maintenance Group, 99th Air Refueling Squadron and other organizations across the 117 ARW
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2016
A construction worker measures a piece of heavy-gauge siding, August 1, 2016, at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. Work on the Air National Guard training center's new dormitory and classroom facility broke ground nearly two years ago and is nearing completion. The facility will contain approximately 47,000 square feet of additional space. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith) If we're smart, learning does not get easier
When we can't see a personal benefit in an old task, and we give it our all in any event, we're smarter for it.I have to admit that I almost went to rewrite.If you don't know journalism much, rewrite is a term that can define a form of self-plagiarism, where you recycle your own work without telling readers. (It's also a system of reporting news
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2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen attend class during Airman leadership school June 21, 2016, at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith/Released) A 21-smile Airmen 'offensive'
Is a smile contagious? Some scientists think so.Emotion studies at Harvard Medical University report that our positive relationships and social connections can increase our happiness, and it can even spread and build up, much like a cold.Of course many of us may already know that. The famous American musician Louis Armstrong did not need an
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2016
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